25th December 2005

Merry Christmas on Harter Fell.


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 14.45
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 4.5 mile
Ascent 2018 ft
Walking with Jennifer, Roger and Ann Hiley ( Harry & Bethan )
Brotherilkeld - Jubilee Bridge - Harter Fell - Hardknott Pass - Hardknott Roman Fort - Brotherilkeld
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, Jubilee Bridge, Hardknott Pass

Hardknott Pass has got to be one of the steepest and most difficult roads in the country. In fact, many people make the effort to drive all the way around to this part of the Lake District just to face the challenge. I should point out that this road can be extremely dangerous during the winter months and is best avoided altogether if the weather is at all frosty. I was caught out myself on one occasion when using the route as a shortcut over to Cockley Beck. Just above the steepest of the bends the road turned into an ice rink and I had no alternative than to reverse back down until I reached a convenient turning place; not an experience I'm keen to repeat.

The car park has room for about ten cars, but should you find it full, there is usually room a little further along the road into Eskdale.

Route Map

We had a Christmas Day walk from Eskdale today. Setting out from Brotherilkeld it looked as though we would have a day of unbroken sunshine, but as we walked up to Harter Fell summit and then across to the top of Hardknott Pass there was a gradual build up of cloud on the higher fells.
This picture of Jubilee Bridge was taken a couple of minutes after the start of the walk.

Scafell, Slight Side, Ill Crag and Esk Pike from the path around the Eskdale side of Harter Fell.

Looking down into Eskdale and across to the West Coast.

Eel Tarn, Eskdale Moor and Illgill Head.

Jennifer at Harter Fell summit.

Ann, on what we thought looked like the highest of all the rocky sections on Harter Fell summit, even though the one I took this picture from has the "summit trig column". Ann was saying that one item on her "things to do" and "places to go" list, was to get to one of the fell summits on Christmas Day. This picture shows just how pleased she was to be there.

Not quite the traditional Christmas dinner, but I wonder how many people had a view like ours while they were carving the Turkey. We had a good half hour sit at the summit in surprisingly warm conditions.

Just below Harter Fell summit.

Setting off on the long walk down Hardknott Pass.

Border End behind the area of level ground just above the Roman Fort. This area is thought to man made and was probably the parade ground for the soldiers stationed at the fort.

Four pictures of the Roman Fort.




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